3+ Months After Sandy, Life Still Isn’t Back To Normal For NJ Residents

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The Asbury Park Convention Hall and the boardwalk here were damaged during Hurricane Sandy. The boardwalk is being rebuilt and will be ready in time for summer beach-goers. (Photo by Liz Roll/FEMA)

The Asbury Park Convention Hall and the boardwalk here were damaged during Hurricane Sandy. The boardwalk is being rebuilt and will be ready in time for summer beach-goers. (Photo by Liz Roll/FEMA)

NEW BRUNSWICK  – More than three months after Superstorm Sandy devastated large parts of New Jersey, nearly three-quarters of residents say that life is not yet back to normal.  According to a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll, 77 percent call the storm a “transformative” event.

“New Jersey will be dealing with the effects of Superstorm Sandy for years,” said David Redlawsk, director of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll and professor of political science at Rutgers. “Whether Sandy will prove transformative depends on how its effects influence decisions about rebuilding and future mitigation.”

A quarter of those personally affected by the storm report not having fully recovered, with more than 60 percent of those respondents reporting unrepaired damage to their home.

However, most New Jerseyans are not in a rush to repair damage at the shore; 62 percent say assessing potential for future damage should take precedence over rushing to rebuild before the summer tourist season. Almost eight in 10 (78 percent) want government to pay for repairs and rebuilding, although about half of these residents say property owners should share the cost. Seventeen percent want property owners to shoulder the entire burden.

Results are from a poll of 796 adult New Jerseyans conducted statewide among landline and cell phone households from Jan. 30 – Feb. 3 with a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points.


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